Kidney Transplant Survival Rate & Outcomes Information
The kidney transplant survival rate varies from transplant center to transplant center. At Tampa General Hospital, it is measured with a statistic known as “graft survival,” which indicates whether or not a transplanted kidney is still working at a specific point after the transplant.
A successful kidney transplant requires coordination from several different organizations and medical professionals. As such, a number of factors can influence a kidney transplant program’s survival rate, including:
- The total number of transplants performed
- The average age of the patients in the program
- The experience of the program’s surgeons and nephrologists
- The kidney transplant prognosis and diagnosis of the patients on the waiting list, as well as any comorbidities that the patients may have
A transplant center’s criteria for accepting patients can also have an effect on its survival rate. Kidney transplant centers that turn away high-risk patients may have a higher overall survival rate, while centers that attempt to find a kidney match for seriously ill patients with advanced medical conditions may have a lower survival rate.
As research helps improve the speed and efficacy of the transplantation process, survival rates continue to improve. In fact, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network reports that the one-year kidney transplant survival rate has increased nearly every year since 1988. TGH hopes to be at the forefront of making the process even better in the years to come, thereby providing our patients with improved survival rates.
Contact Tampa General Hospital for more information about our kidney transplant program, which is ranked #3 in the nation by volume. Call 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.